Tim Canova, a former Bernie Sanders adviser, has picked up two major union endorsements in his campaign to win the seat currently held by Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The Broward-Palm Beach New Times notes that Canova is channeling “virtually the same message Sanders has relied on in his fight with Hillary Clinton,” a message noticed by the nation’s largest nurses’ union, National Nurses United, which endorsed Canova Thursday.
The nation’s largest communications and media union, the Communication Workers of America, also endorsed Canova March 3.
The Nova Southeastern University law professor’s campaign in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District is based on one core platform: that Wasserman Schultz has been bought out by “corporate money.”
“Our goal is to get people into elected office that will stand up to people and not corporations,” National Nurses United’s president Deborah Burger told the New Times. “So far, what we’ve seen is that Debbie Wasserman Schultz has utilized the DNC to promote a certain candidate. That candidate has taken billions, billions in corporate donations.”
“We see patients coming into the hospital that are having difficulty breathing or have asthma or permanent lung damage from air pollution,” she added. “That comes from not having clean energy alternatives. We see patients harmed by pollutants poured into certain communities from fracking.”
The Florida Democratic primary is scheduled for Tuesday.